C is for CSS: Cascading Style Sheet
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the original and still the fundamental
language of the web. It was created to allow the text documents of
the early web to be formatted. That is, it was about presentation,
not the actual content of web pages. It provided for paragraphs, quotation,
headers and the like.
When the design crew got involved, moving from print to the electronic
web, they wanted more design. The story goes that web pages
became oveloaded with presentational functions and became more and
more tedious to prepare and to decipher.
Along came CSS with the object of separating presentation from content
(the actual meaning).
What's more the style sheet could be external to a page and work globally
over many pages, making it easy to make amendements to a great many
pages by changing one style sheet file.
CSS 1 (the first version of CSS in 1996) states its intention thus: CSS1
is a simple style sheet mechanism that allows authors and readers to
attach style (e.g. fonts, colors and spacing) to HTML documents. The
CSS1 language is human readable and writable, and expresses style in
common desktop publishing terminology.
The implication is that if you could understand the terminolgy of
DTP you could understand CSS.
Well, in my experience, it is not quite so simple.
CSS is a separate study in itself. Once you have a grasp of HTML you
can move on to CSS.
It's certainly the way to go.
There are many web authoring tools that support CSS.
Netscape 7 (that is, the version before the current version which
is Netscape 8, or Netscape Browser) comes complete with a web authoring
tool called Composer (click
here). The address is:
You can also install a CSS editor add on created by Daniel Glazman
(click here). Here
is the address:
You're ready to experiment!
Here's an example of web page design using tables for layout and CSS
for formatting - CLICK HERE